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Minimizing breast cancer risk

May 2010

Time to move beyond salt ?

Salt hypothesis vs. reality

Is sodium bad?

April 2010

Salt studies: the latest score

From Dahl to INTERSALT

Salt hypothesis' story

March 2010

Salt war

Do bone drugs work?

Diabetes vs. drugs, 3:0?

February 2010

The MMR vaccine war: Wakefield vs. ?

Wakefield proceedings: an exception?

Who's afraid of a littl' 1998 study?
 

January 2010

Antibiotic children

Physical activity benefits late-life health

Healthier life for New Year's resolution

 

December 2009

Autism epidemic worsening: CDC report

Rosuvastatin indication broadened

High-protein diet effects

 

November 2009

Folic acid cancer risk

Folic acid studies: message in a bottle?

Sweet, short life on a sugary diet

 

October 2009

Smoking health hazards: no dose-response

C. difficile warning

Asthma risk and waist size in women

 

September 2009

Antioxidants' melanoma risk: 4-fold or none?

Murky waters of vitamin D status

Is vitamin D deficiency hurting you?

 

August 2009

Pill-crushing children

New gut test for children and adults

Unhealthy habits - whistling past the graveyard?

 

July 2009

Asthma solution - between two opposites that don't attract

Light wave therapy - how does it actually work?

Hodgkin's lymphoma in children: better alternatives

 

June 2009

Hodgkin's, kids, and the abuse of power

Efficacy and safety of the conventional treatment for Hodgkin's:
behind the hype

Long-term mortality and morbidity after conventional treatments for pediatric Hodgkin's

 

May 2009

Late health effects of the toxicity of the conventional treatment for Hodgkin's

Daniel's true 5-year chances with the conventional treatment for Hodgkin's

Daniel Hauser Hodgkin's case: child protection or medical oppression?

April 2009

Protection from EMF: you're on your own

EMF pollution battle: same old...

EMF health threat and the politics of status quo
 

March 2009

Electromagnetic danger? No such thing, in our view...

EMF safety standards: are they safe?

Power-frequency field exposure
 

February 2009

Electricity and health

Electromagnetic spectrum: health connection

Is power pollution making you sick?

January 2009

Pneumococcal vaccine for adults useless?

DHA in brain development study - why not boys?

HRT shrinks brains

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Sulfur and your health

The "beauty mineral", sulfur (S), is necessary for healthy skin, hair and nails. But its role in your body is much more significant than making your appearance more lustrous. It is also an important element of body detoxification: as a part of detox enzymes and sulfur-containing amino acids cysteine and methionine, it binds to toxic heavy metal contaminants - especially aluminum - making it much easier for your body to place them out of your system.

At the same time, sulfur can exert toxicity in chemically sensitive, when it can be difficult to struck a balance between the need for it, and the danger it presents. Inorganic (not carbon-bonded) sulfur compounds, such as those found in fossil fuels and their emissions, pesticides, industrial compounds, food additives and drugs, can aggravate allergies, chemical sensitivities, symptoms of diabetes, impair immune system's antibody response and, possibly, even alter the DNA/RNA function.

Sulfur also helps regeneration of your joint cartilage, both by helping it rebuild and by suppressing copper, whose high levels promote joint degeneration. Among a number of other positive effects of sulfur are reduced allergic reactions and parasitic infections.

Sulfur is component of insulin, thus necessary for proper metabolism of carbohydrates. Thus low sulfur levels can aggravate symptoms of diabetes.

That, however,  doesn't mean we should have as much of sulfur as we can stuff in. As with any other nutrient, excess causes imbalances adversely affecting body function. Absorption efficiency is inversely proportional to the intake level. Not seldom, excessive intake makes that nutrient availability to the body so low, as to result in similar adverse health effects as deficiency.

Short-term effects of high sulfur supplementation can cause digestive disturbance, while longer-term it can result in lowering body levels of potassium and calcium, both being suppressed by sulfur.

Some serious chronic diseases - like Crohn's and Lou-Gehrig - are further aggravated by sulfur intake, which for that reason should be carefully controlled in such circumstance. On the other hand, extra sulfur intake helps with Alzheimer's, as well as chronic diseases caused by heavy metals toxicity.

There is no official DRI (Dietary Reference Intakes, the most recent set of dietary recommendations set by the government) for sulfur. Suggested adequate level for an average healthy adult is 1g (1000mg) a day, with short-term therapeutic doses of up to 5g.

Best natural sulfur food sources: fruits and vegetables are relatively low in sulfur, while beans, nuts, seeds, dairy, fish and meat are generally good sources. Plant sulfur levels can vary significantly with its soil content. R

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